(Richmond, IN)--The majority of Whitewater Valley business owners who responded to an annual Indiana University survey are optimistic about the local economy next year. That was one of the primary takeaways from Thursday’s Business Outlook Forum at Richmond High School. 54% were optimistic about the economy. Only 19% had a negative outlook. While the outlook of local business owners is relatively good, IU business experts are more caution with their expectations for 2020. They predicted the area’s economy will continue to grow, but at a slightly slower rate than it has this year.